It would appear from
the estimates that the architect has died or been retired, and lower amounts have been placed in the estimates, indicating that a new man is coming in. I suggest to the minister that before he takes anybody, either as architect or secretary clerk, but especially the first, he consider the advisability of abolishing the position. I never saw any need of the architect. There
was an architect. I think in the course of nature he now is an officer no longer. It is worth considering whether there should be a successor appointed. As to the secretary clerk, I found the officers of the department faithful and efficient, but I must say that I never was persuaded that they were overworked, and I made up my mind that I would not interfere with the course of Providence, if they were reduced in number.